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James Bullard wrote: "the movement leaders had emphasized openness and always notified authorities of actions they planned beforehand" Thanks, James, for reporting what to me is the key element of this story. Andrew Young may never have known (or simply have forgotten having heard) yet another aspect that seems to me to be quite plausible. Ernest Withers may well have gone straight to someone like MLK to report that the FBI had approached him to become an informant. Given that Ernest would have known that the civil rights leaders were already notifying authorities of their plans, he may have reasoned that if the FBI wanted to pay for this same information, he may as well take the money. For all we know he may then have contributed it to the cause or offered to do so but was refused, given his family circumstances. IAC, the sad element of this story is that the original media reportage once again employed ruthlessly selective filtering to present the sensational aspect of the Withers/FBI relationship while leaving out a key fact. A fact it was left to Andrew Young to supply. Elementary school is probably too young to teach the ABCs of the "news" branch of the mass media industry, but certainly by high school this should be part of the curriculum of any current events course. Perhaps taught in the same unit as the farcical clown show that is partisan politics.
Plannerben writes: > Stick with Lattimore's translations 1000% agree. As Lattimore himself once wrote (in praise of another writer): good of eye and ear and hand. Lattimore doesn't just give you the original Greek, he gives you the chisel marks in the stone into which the Greek was hewn.
Oliver Franks wrote: > Parrots are not by any stretch of the imagination one of the more intelligent species that inhabit this universe. Can't speak for the universe, but for this planet, this statement would certainly arouse the disdain of the scientific establishment. The more intelligent parrots, like the more intelligent canines, have the intelligence (such as humans reckon it) of a 2 1/2 year old human child, putting them very much in the elite. A common misconception is that if a particular animal's brain is so much smaller than a human's, it's intelligence must be correspondingly less. In fact, the amount of fatty sheathing needed to shield neurons from one another increases non-linearly with brain mass. > They have failed entirely to invent anything etc. I live with a couple parrots who would take great exception to this thesis. Parrots live in a world of sound; look there to find their inventions. > If the parrot were communicating, however, it would surely be just saying "Let me go. I'd rather take my chances in the hostile world than put up with this tedious life." Unfortunately, even that door is closed for most pet parrots. Relatively few living captive parrots in non-tropical countries were taken directly from the wild. Instead, they are the offspring of mated breeding pairs, themselves often several generations removed from the wild. All even vaguely competent breeders socialize young birds, which normally results in their imprinting on human beings instead of their own kind. For this reason a human-socialized parrot is typically useless in a breeding situation, being sexually attracted to human beings of the opposite sex and entirely unresponsive to parrots of its own species. This is just one example of the many ways in which captive-bred, socialized parrots are unequipped to deal with life in the "wild". In my experience parrots are much more tolerant of tedium than humans and derive comfort from predictable routines. But there is a level of boredom and sensory deprivation that passes even the tolerance of pet parrots, and this is unfortunately all too common. Combine that with the need of a flock animal for the security of knowing that other flock members (whether human or parrot) are within calling distance, and you indeed have a situation in which many pet parrots are enduring situations of sometimes life-long torment. Any competent parrot owner, such as certainly Ctein must be, knows enough to provide an environment that is rich in activity and interactivity.
OK, OK: easy target. Set up the clay pigeons and pass the bazookas. ;) Malcom wrote: > I receive a lot of professional email with significant technical content. The grammar, spelling and syntax are often atrocious to the point of being painful (or worse, misleading) to read. Perhaps it is because engineers don't get much education in writing or perhaps it is simply the generally poor quality of public education today. ... And perhaps it's because engineering strongly selects for people with highly visual-cortex-dominant mentalities? Most of the engineers I know think in pictures, then laboriously patch together a verbal analogue of their thoughts in order to communicate via the spoken/written language. Yes: it's still possible to achieve competence in a spoken/written language under that circumstance, even as it's possible for me to learn a new foreign tongue in adulthood. Let he who consistently avoids the path of least resistance cast the first past participle imperfect.
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2009 on A Beef Pea at The Online Photographer
Simon Joinson writes: > seeing the value of what we're preparing gradually watered down as the leaks turn from a trickle into a tide Disagree: The bolt-from-the-blue aspect of your new material may be watered down but its *value* is actually enhanced. And that's not a trivial distinction: To use the latest example of this phenomenon, the E-P1 is almost exactly the camera I've been waiting years for. And to judge by the reports of the number of pre-orders it's already received, I'm far from being alone in that. Following those increasingly detailed rumours (or carefully calculated Olympus' tease campaign?) was an exciting trip that helped pass the seemingly endless time until D-Day. Reading the official announcement from Olympus and the DPR preview was by far the climax of the whole show. Learning which rumours were confirmed and which proved false turned reading through your beautifully written 12 pager from the usual pleasant experience into one of page-turning excitement. In fact, I had to go back to read it a second time to make sure I hadn't missed anything. What you might want to do is consider taking a more ... Olympian ... attitude during the build-up phase and simply forbid yourself following those rumour threads. Ultimately, after all, they're at best sound and fury signifying nothing, and at worst a tale told by an idiot. Instead, pocket the time that would have swallowed, then after the announcement follow the good example of user JohnCPentax from after the K-7 debut: Start a thread on the appropriate forum to take and respond to usage questions in as close to real time as practical.